WA mining and resources sector could need another 40,000 workers over the next two years

WA’s mining and resources sector could need as many as 40,0000 additional workers by mid-2023, according to new modelling exploring a deepening skills shortage that has now extended Australia-wide.  The research, commissioned by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA looks at the sector’s workforce requirements in the near term and also out to 2025.

CME Chief Executive Paul Everingham said the report made for telling reading.

“When we last released workforce modelling in August 2020, our sector had a positive outlook coming out of the worst of COVID-19 restrictions and we predicted then a need for an extra 8000 operational workers in the following 18 months – but this new research shows the situation is far more challenging than that, with the potential for there to be a peak shortage of 33,000 workers.” Mr Everingham said.

The report highlights a variety of mining and resources sector roles that will experience acute shortages over the next three years, including:

  • Mining Engineer
  • Metallurgist
  • Underground surveyors,
  • Civil, electrical and mechanical engineers
  • Geologists
  • Geophysicists
  • Auto electricians
  • Diesel fitters
  • Mechanical fitters
  • Boiler makers
  • Welders and Drillers

Mr Everingham said the magnitude of the potential skills shortage underscored the need for industry and government to work together to ensure the continued strong recovery of both the WA and Australian economies from the impacts of COVID-19.